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5 September 2017

Transfer tackles the consequences of digitalization on the European labour market

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The new edition of Transfer explores developments in the digital economy and the likely implications for Europe’s workers. This new issue is the second-part of a two issue extensive exploration of the consequences of digitalization on Europe’s labour markets.

This second issue contains articles on macro-issues such the regional effect of labour demand, the stability of demand and consumption, the gender aspect of digitalization, and ways that trade unions and social partners have grappled with introducing technology in the workplace.  It also explains how the challenge of organizing and representing workers in the gig economy, has been addressed. The first issue focused on the platform economy and the associated challenges for labour.

Click on this link to read Anna Ilsøe’s article titled: “The digitalisation of service work – social partner responses in Denmark, Sweden and Germany” which is freely available until 23 September 2017, it examines social partner initiatives in unilateral, bipartite and tripartite arenas and analyses how social partners, particularly those in private sector service work, define digitalization. How have they addressed its consequences and how are they overcoming the challenges digitalization poses.

Drawing on interviews with unions and employers’ organizations in Denmark, Sweden and Germany, the author demonstrates that social partners are in broad agreement regarding their understanding of the nature of digitalization trends, but they diverge on how to deal with the challenges, they face. The article shows that social partners response to digitalization differs primarily in the bipartite and tripartite arenas, which might reflect declining trade union membership in private sector services in all three countries.

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